Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .




DRAGON SPACE
China to launch spacecraft in June: report
by Guo Kai for Global Times
Beijing (XNA) Feb 17, 2012


According to the Legal Mirror report, the Shenzhou-9's main ground tests have been completed, and the Tiangong-2 space lab, which is a backup for Tiangong-1, is ready to be rolled out.

China will launch another spacecraft in June to dock with its Tiangong-1 space lab, and one more spaceship next year to conduct a more demanding manual docking, according to sources with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CAST), the Legal Mirror reported Wednesday.

The country's first successful space docking maneuver took place between Shenzhou-8 and the orbiting Tiangong-1 late last year.

While it is known that Shenzhou-9 and Shenzhou-10 are part of the program to establish a manned space station, earlier reports only said the two would be launched in the first and second half of this year, and no information about crew was released.

The Shenzhou-9 mission will still focus on docking, separating and docking with Tiangong-1 to ensure safety in the coming manned mission, Zhu Yilin, a researcher with CAST and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), told the Legal Mirror.

Shenzhou-9 will also carry out other space experiments, such as carrying seeds and animals into a space environment of radiation and weightlessness.

Shenzhou-9 will try opening the passageway linking the spaceship and Tiangong-1 when they dock, a move not carried out in the Shenzhou-8 mission, Zhu said.

However, Pang Zhihao, a researcher from CAST, said it has not been decided whether the Shenzhou-9 mission will be manned or not.

"It will carry out automatic docking with the Tiangong-1 vehicle, if it is still unmanned, but for a manned mission, astronauts will definitely carry out manual docking," he told the Global Times.

Manual docking has a higher success rate than automatic docking, but requires that astronauts have a high level of skill and be in strong psychological condition, said Pang, adding that Russia uses automatic docking in most of its missions, while the US mainly uses manual docking.

According to the Legal Mirror report, the Shenzhou-9's main ground tests have been completed, and the Tiangong-2 space lab, which is a backup for Tiangong-1, is ready to be rolled out.

China formally began its manned space program in 1992, successfully launching Shenzhou-5 in 2003 for its first manned space mission. A space walk was accomplished in 2008.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

.


Related Links
-
The Chinese Space Program - News, Policy and Technology
China News from SinoDaily.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





DRAGON SPACE
Is Shenzhou Unsafe?
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 16, 2012
The recent announcement that China will fly its next Shenzhou spacecraft without a crew aboard is a shock. It completely goes against a tide of recent official statements and general feelings within the spaceflight community. It's also represents an abrupt change in status for China's human spaceflight program, which has been making steady strides forward with recent missions. Last year, C ... read more


DRAGON SPACE
China publishes high-resolution full moon map

Manned Moon Shot Possible by 2020

NASA Mission Returns First Video From Lunar Far Side

A Moon Colony by 2020

DRAGON SPACE
ISS may become Martian flight simulator

Honeycombs and Hexacopters Help Tell Story of Mars

Martian Carbon Dioxide Clouds Tied To Atmospheric Gravity Waves

NASA kills Mars deal with Europe

DRAGON SPACE
Study: 'Crippleware' raises consumer anger

NASA Reaches Higher With Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request

Sierra Nevada Delivers Flight Test Vehicle Structure

Space tours to the Moon - why not?

DRAGON SPACE
China to launch spacecraft in June: report

Is Shenzhou Unsafe?

Space-tracking ship Yuanwang VI concludes trip

China's new rockets expected to debut within five years

DRAGON SPACE
Russian cosmonauts begin ISS spacewalk

Advanced Communications Testbed for Space Station

Europe's ATV space ferry set for launch to Space Station

Unique Testbed Soon Will Be in Space

DRAGON SPACE
Iran mulls base to launch bigger satellites

MASER 12 launched

ILS Proton Successfully Launches SES-4

ESA's new Vega launcher scores success on maiden flight

DRAGON SPACE
Searching for Planets in Clouds of Dust

Elements of ExoPlanets

New super-Earth detected within the habitable zone of a nearby star

Russia to Start Own Search for Extrasolar Planets

DRAGON SPACE
Chinese firm in iPad row threatens to sue Apple in US

Apple brings iPad features to the Mac

US iPad owners tend to be older, have money

Malaysian court asked to stop rare earths plant




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement